'Dance' vaults Fox to top on quiet Thurs.


NEW YORK -- Fox won a relatively quiet Thursday night of primetime TV that saw a second episode of "Don't Forget the Lyrics" that was slightly behind Wednesday night's premiere.

It was "So You Think You Can Dance," not "Lyrics," that came out on top in Nielsen Media Research's preliminary estimates of viewership and the adults 18-49 demographic. "Dance" averaged 9.5 million viewers and a 3.5 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

"Lyrics," which had reached a 3.4/10 and 8.2 million viewers for its first episode Wednesday, averaged 8.1 million viewers and a 2.7/10 in adults 18-49 on Thursday night just before "Dance." Still "Lyrics" was able to beat improve upon its lead-in "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" (6.8 million, 2.1/8) and beat CBS' "Big Brother" (6.1 million, 2.2/8) head-to-head.

The 10 p.m. hour was won by CBS with a repeat "Shark" (8.2 million, 1.9/6).